Dr Ellen Daly

Research Fellow

Policing Institute for the Eastern Region

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Criminology , Policing

Ellen completed her PhD in Criminology at ARU. Her research explored the use of cultural narratives and narratives of credibility in sexual offences trials, using court observation methods.


Ellen has previously studied at the internationally recognised Child and Women Abuse Studies Unit at London Metropolitan University, where she achieved a PGCert with Distinction.

Alongside her doctoral studies, Ellen has worked on a number of research projects including an evaluation of independent legal representation for rape complainants in North East England, an examination of state compensation for rape complainants, and the reporting of disability hate crime.

Ellen has over seven years' practice-based experience working with victim-survivors of sexual violence. She also worked for three years at the Internet Watch Foundation as an Internet Content Analyst and Senior Analyst, where she was responsible for assessing reports of online child sexual abuse material.

Research interests

  • Sexual violence
  • Domestic abuse
  • Criminal justice


PhD Candidate in Criminology, ARU

PGCert (Distinction) in Woman and Child Abuse, London Metropolitan University

BSc (Hons) First Class in Social Work, University of Portsmouth

Memberships, editorial boards

Member, British Society of Criminology

Member, European Society of Criminology

Selected recent publications

Daly, E., 2021. Making new meanings: the entextualisation of digital communications evidence in English sexual offences trials. Crime, Media, Culture [online first]. doi: 10.1177/17416590211048251

Smith, O., Daly, E., Herriott, C., Willmott, D., 2021. State Compensation as Rape Justice: Are Public Attitudes a Legitimate Foundation for Reform of the UK’s Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme? Journal of Gender Based Violence [online first]. doi: 10.1332/239868020X16057277095797

Recent presentations and conferences

‘Findings from Court Observations of Rape Trials in 2019’. Policing Institute for the Eastern Region, ARU. January 2021.

'Court Observations of Rape Trials 2019’, with Dr Olivia Smith. Rape Review panel: Ministry of Justice, London. February 2020.

‘Separate Legal Representation for Rape Complainants’ seminar, with Dr Olivia Smith. Gillen Review: Where are we now? Victim Support NI, Belfast. February 2020.

‘Social Media and Text Evidence in Rape Trials: 2012 to 2019’, with Dr Olivia Smith. The Realities of Rape Trials: Lessons for Legal Research and Reform in Ireland: University of Limerick, Ireland. January 2020.

‘The role of identity narratives in serious sexual offences trials’. British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Postgraduate conference. University of Lincoln. July 2019.